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I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history! America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel – is live on stage and in color for the very first time!

It’s 1952 and you are a member of the studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I LOVE LUCY® episodes. Imagine stepping back in time onto the Desilu Playhouse soundstage where a charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process, the 1950s hi-fidelity technology and this brand-new thing called “television.” The episodes begin and you witness, firsthand, the side-splitting antics of that crazy redhead in the Ricardo’s New York apartment and thrill to the Cuban sounds of “The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra” at the famed Tropicana Nightclub. In-between scenes? The Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles of the show’s newest sponsors in perfect 50s style harmony. Can you say “Brylcreem?!”

L.A. Examiner’s Ron Irwin says I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE is “an absolutely brilliant and utterly engaging tribute to that iconic television show!” TV Guide’s William Keck calls it, “the most entertaining stage production I’ve seen in years – including Broadway!”

The truth is in the title – whether young or old, everybody really does LOVE LUCY!

the critics rave

“Spot-on and wildly entertaining. An evening of utter enchantment!”
-   James Scarborough, The Huffington Post

“The Most Entertaining Stage Production I’ve Seen in Years – Including Broadway!”
-   William Keck, TV Guide

“A hundred of the funnest, funniest minutes you’re likely to have all year.”
-   Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA

“An Absolutely Brilliant and Utterly Engaging Tribute to That Iconic Television Show.”
 Ron Irwin, Examiner.com

“A Big Variety Show for Your Money. A Risk-Free Evening of Music and Familiar Comedy!”
-   Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“An Out-Of-Body Experience for Lucy Fans.”
-   Michael Roberts, Showbiz Chicago

“An hour and three-quarters of rib-tickling comedy!”
- Tom Titus, Daily Pilot

“Charming, Goofy and Delightfully Over The Top!”
- Laura Jaye Cramer, SF Weekly

“This walk down memory lane is a fun-filled night that will delight the whole family. It’s cute, funny, and heartwarming.”
- Linda and Nick Hodges, Broadway World

“A sweetly nostalgic experience.”
- John Townsend, Lavender Magazine

“A cute, clean family-friendly show.”
- Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

 
Orlando Weekly “I Love Lucy delivers what it promises better than most big-name Broadway shows I’ve seen this season: It takes you back to a simpler time, gives you a few big laughs, and gets you out the door in barely two hours. What’s not to love?” Read Full Review

Lavender Magazine “This upbeat production bounces us along from the flashing Applause sign that cues us to laugh, to live sung advertising jingles, to two delightful episodes scrupulously recreated live before our eyes… I Love Lucy is a sweetly nostalgic experience.” Read Full Review

Jacksonville Examiner “I Love Lucy® Live on Stage will take you back to that familiar time in your life which will have you remembering the good old days as it leaves you in stitches.” Read Full Review

St. Louis Post Dispatch “It looked as if several multigenerational groups were on hand for Friday night’s opening. They may make the ideal audience for this cute, clean, family-friendly show.” Read Full Review

Patriot News “The [production] works gloriously well, with a sort of unsophisticated air that is actually quite sophisticated in structure and purpose. This touring production is particularly well-aimed at the Baby Boom generation, which grew up watching Lucy’s antics on their 21-inch, black-and-white Philco television and its ‘balanced beam picture tube.” Read Full Review

SF Weekly “Brooks is adorable as Lucy and is supported by Euriamis Losada as Ricky Ricardo. With his full, gorgeous voice, and a big smile that generates palpable swoons from the audience, the couple play off of each other sweetly in the 95-minute musical.” Read Full Review

The Huffington Post “The acting is spot-on and wildly entertaining… An evening of utter enchantment.” Read Full Review

Stage Scene LA “The perfect gift for anyone who may have wondered what it was like to have been inside Desilu Studios for a taping of the sitcom that revolutionized TV, I Love Lucy® Live on Stage provides a time machine back to the early 1950s—and a hundred of the funnest, funniest minutes you’re likely to have all year… I had a great time at I Love Lucy® Live on Stage the first time round and loved it every bit as much in its latest, larger-scale incarnation. As a matter of fact, I had a (Lucille) Ball.” Read Full Review

Daily Pilot “’Lucy Live’ is lovable as ever, an hour and three-quarters of rib-tickling comedy that, for the more seasoned audiences, will recreate a long-ago and much-lamented era of television pioneering.” Read Full Review

Jamestown Post-Journal “I had a great time, and laughed through the whole thing. Such skilled performing on a stage so filled with happy memories [makes] for one fantastic night out.” Read Full Review

Nashville Parent “An absolutely fun jaunt into the days of long ago with a peek inside the famed Desilu Productions studio where two episodes of I Love Lucy are re-enacted on the stage.” Read Full Review

Boston Metro “‘I Love Lucy’ is still lovable, after all these years. This production is less about mimicking one of the golden eras of TV’s most beloved programs and more about invoking the spirit of the era. It succeeds.” Read Full Review

Ft. Worth Telegram “If you’re not holding your side from laughter pangs during the final dance number in ‘Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined,’ then you might want to pay your own visit to the doc to make sure you’re not dead… With a cast and concept this good, the giggles, snorts and all-out howls won’t be hard to come by.” Read Full Review

Fayetteville Flyer “This new look at the old show easily reminds the audience why everyone loved Lucy so much — and why her simple, goofy humor, and the fundamentals of the classic comedy, endure.” Read Full Review

Chicago Critic  ”This 95 minute reenactment of two episodes of the ‘I Love Lucy’ show is a humorous, fast-paced theatrical treat.” Read Full Review

Showbiz Chicago  ”The word ‘daunting’ must have been spoken many times when the notion first arose to stage the most beloved television show of all time. With I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE, the creative team has accomplished that daunting task and have given fans of the Read Head what could only be described as an out of body experience.” Read Full Review

Around the Town Chicago  ”We are at The Desilu Studios in California getting to watch our TV favorites, Ricky Ricardo (played with just the right Cuban flavor by Bill Mendieta) and Lucy Ricardo (Sirena Irwin must have truly studied the late, great Ms. Ball as she has every step down to perfection)…” Read Full Review

Examiner.com > Arts & Entertainment  “… I frankly cannot remember any performance in any venue in recent time that caused me to laugh so long and so hard. But it also clearly told the story and paid proper homage to the original “I Love Lucy®.” When it ended I was filled with warmth and joy…” Read Full Review

Stage and Cinema  “…The attention to detail in the small Greenway Court Theatre – a vintage camera taken from an audience member, the reenactment of famous commercials – helps the audience to nostalgically join the spirit of the times. It truly is one of the most satisfying evenings in the theater you can have.…” Read Full Review

Los Angeles Times  “…One of the best sightseeing bets in town is attending a taping of I Love Lucy Live on Stage…”  “…there’s no mistaking the pitch-perfect authenticity of Lucy Ricardo’s signature fluttering eyelids, plaintive wails, distracted nail biting and jaw-clenched grimaces — this sure feels like the hilarious real deal…” Read Full Review

Stage Happenings  “…One of the most successful theater events in Los Angeles is I Love Lucy Live…”  ”…The Lucy of Sirena Irwin and Bill Mendieta’s Ricky are really quite accurate and one must admire the effort they put into developing this tribute. Bill Chot and Lisa Joffrey catch the essence of their next-door neighbors, Fred and Ethel…” Read Full Review

Examiner.com > Arts & Entertainment  “I was transported back to those “good old days” of innocence and pure comedy that delights and transcends all that is going on in our world today.”  “I loved the show.  If one could bottle happiness, it is this show!  It is infectious!” Read Full Review

ReviewPlays.com >  “This show delivers – real GOOD, as Ricky would say…  It also proves that when people anywhere are asked about the show, the universal response is –“I LOVE Lucy!” You will too. Highly Recommended” Read Full Review

Hey Melpomene Theater Blog >  “ This show is fun stacked on top of fun stacked on top of fun. Fans of the classic show will be in absolute heaven, but even the most casual of viewers will have a great time.  If this production is as successful as it should be, there will be a tour in its future. Don’t wait that long to see it; check it out soon, before it gets its legs.” Read Full Review

Culture Spot LA >  “Rick Sparks has staged and directed a very affectionate homage to those involved in the original ‘I Love Lucy’ sitcom?  Who loves Lucy?  From the production I saw at the Greenway Court, everyone involved in ‘I Love Lucy Live on Stage’.” Read Full Review

the audiences speak out!

Daphnne:  AMAZING doesn’t even begin to explain the show…. from the marquee outside to the actors, set and “commercials”…. EVERYTHING was awesome! Thank u to EVERYONE who had ANY part of putting this show together!!!

Shaun:  Tonight’s show was AWESOME!!!!!! Recommended to anyone who loved the classic show!! THIS WAS GREAT!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU ALL!!!!

Judy:  I was there. One of the best nights of my life. I’m such a huge fan. I cried at the end :*)

Mario:  The wife and i just got home from the evening performance. Thanks to the cast, producers and crew for creating such a fun and memorable theatrical experience. We’ve seen many shows and we can confidently say that this was not only a standout show but well worth seeing again.

Melissa:  I had the most amazing time!!!! It was the next best thing to actually seeing the real tapings. Great performers!!!!  It is def something I will remember the rest of My life!!!!!!

Samantha:  Thank you all for doing what you do. The show was absolutely incredible.

Suzy:  I saw the show last Friday and I haven’t stopped humming the I Love Lucy theme song! The production was great and so clever. The actors, costumes, singers, band, stage were top notch. Go see it!

Love:  Amazing experience!! It felt like I was watching it for the first time!

Carol:  I loved it, it was perfect and an honor, she really looked like Lucy :)

Heather:  Wow! The best birthday gift ever! This show is amazing! More than I expected. Everything, from the costumes to the actors to the singing to the stage to the costumes lol…just AMAZING! You have to see this show if your a Lucy fan….and You have to see this show even if your not! The episodes were spot on! By the second commercial I thought I was really in the audience for the original filming of the show! My cheeks hurt from the constant smile on my face and I had tears in my eyes at the end…..I loved it…. I really want to go back before it’s done so I can take my daughter. I see great things for this show in the future. Thanks for such a wonderful show.

Greg:  My wife and I attended the preview performance this evening, and all I can say is WOW! The sets, cast and crew were fantastic. We had a great time and will be back to enjoy more performances!

Robert:  Saw it tonight! The show was amazing! I knew it would be good, but it exceeded my expectations 10 fold! Great performance!!!

Amy:  My Sister and I saw the Preview performance last night 9/25 in Los Angeles. We absolutely loved it!! Everyone in the cast was spot on! I loved the live commercials as well. Great job! I want to see it again! WE LOVE LUCY

Susan:  I saw the dress rehearsal last night and it was BRILLIANT! Such a fun show- great cast!

Laura:  Saw it today and LOVED it! Stellar cast and production. Thank you for such an enjoyable time!

Ramon:  The show was amazin! Great show,cast,and music. I will definitely come back and watch it again. :D

Shayna:  The show was awesome!! I truly felt like I was in the 1950′s watching a live show!! The cast was amazing and sounded just like the real characters! I want to thank the cast for making my birthday so special!! :) it was well worth our drive from Tucson,AZ!!

Francis:  I was at the very 1st show. Awesome! A must-see show, especially for Lucy fanatics! Let’s make this known worldwide!

Alvin:  As a die hard and loyal I Love Lucy fan I give the show an A++++, 5 stars and the whole nine yards. I absolutely loved the acting, scenery, and commercials. It was a barrel of laughs and got a great education as well. I wish you all the best of luck and I hope you take America by storm.

Melissa:  I went to the very very very first showing.  I have seen SOO many people post about how Lucy cannot be replaced, well lemme tell ya a little secret. These professionals are not trying to replace what magic ‘I Love Lucy’ had, they are just trying to bring a little bit of the magic back. You will not be disappointed, I know I wasn’t. It exceeded me and my friends’ expectations TEN FOLD. BRAVA!

Lizzette:  Just wanted to say “Thank you” all for the great time and a great laugh!!!
I went last night and it was awesome!!!I was so sad when it ended…..was hoping it would have kept going on and on…… =)

Pam:  Thank you, thank you, thank you for a fabulous production. I haven’t had this much fun in a long time. Your success is well deserved.

Claudia:  I Love Lucy Live On Stage was EXCELLENT and far exceed my expectations!!!!

Donna:  I saw the show last night and I was so overwhelmed.  I was the kid that came home alone everyday and I Love Lucy were “friends” and last night you all became them for me.  I seriously lost myself and forgot you were not them.  You have no idea what a compliment that is. You are ALL wonderful, you truly are, from start to finish this show is magic, and everyone of you is a magician.  It will be a memory I will never ever forget and I hope to see you all again someday.

triumphs

AWARDS
2014 SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA THEATRE CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
Best Touring Performance

BROADWAY WORLD 2012 CHICAGO AWARDS
Best Actress in a Touring Production:  Sirena Irwin

BROADWAY WORLD 2011 LOS ANGELES AWARDS
Best Musical
Best Direction of a Musical:  Rick Sparks
Best Leading Actor in a Musical:  Bill Mendieta
Best Featured Actor in A Musical:  Bill Chott
Best Scenic Design:  Aaron Henderson
Best Costume Design:  Shon LeBlanc
Best Sound Design:  Cricket S. Myers
Best Lighting Design:  Jeremy Pivnick

TICKETHOLDER AWARDS 2011
Best Musical of the Year
Best Actress in a Musical:  Sirena Irwin

LA WEEKLY 2012 THEATER AWARDS
Best Musical Direction Winner:  Wayne Moore
Best Costume Design Winner:  Shon LeBlanc

ACHIEVEMENTS
“I Love Lucy® Live on Stage” was The Los Angeles Times ‘Critics Choice’ for
12 weeks in a row!  (2011-2012)

In AAA Westways magazine (Nov/Dec 2011 issue), “I Love Lucy® Live on Stage” was chosen as the #1 Southern California events worth driving to!

history of the show

I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE had its beginnings way back in 2000, when we produced an exhibition show that traveled around the country at state and county fairs, malls and casinos called the I LOVE LUCY® 50th Anniversary Experience. People walked through the world of Lucy, complete with photographs, memorabilia, video montages from the show and recreations of the sets.  When all was said and done, hundreds of thousands of people came out to see the exhibition and there was simply no way to deny it – folks really DO love Lucy!

From there, we set out to create not necessarily a storyline, but an experience for the audience. The idea is that when you walk into the theater, you are walking into 1952 – into the Desilu Playhouse – and are part of the studio audience getting to see two episodes of I LOVE LUCY® being filmed.

I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE premiered in October of 2011 at the Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles. We were received with sold out shows, stellar reviews, and a two-month extension that still didn’t satisfy demand for tickets.

Following our overwhelming reception on the West Coast, it was time to introduce the show to the Midwest. We headed to Chicago where we first played a nine-week, sold-out run at Nederlander’s Broadway Playhouse from September – November 2012 that preceded a return stint from January – March 2013.

All of this prompted us to recognize that the country at large was ready for an I LOVE LUCY®LIVE ON STAGE National Tour and so we set about making that a reality.

The first year of the I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE tour was an unparalleled hit with audiences across North America. We were fortunate enough to bring the beloved antics of Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel to 14 major markets including Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, Nashville and Ft. Worth. We are currently booked through the summer of 2015 and the show has been seen and loved by over 350,000 fans to date. I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE is more than just the title of our show, it has proven to be a mindset. It’s a thought that is nearly spoken aloud by excited audience members as they enter the theatre and a feeling they take with them as they leave. Nearly 65 years after America chose their favorite redhead, this show has created a brand new way for people to “Love Lucy.”

We are committed to sharing this award-winning theatrical event with as many people as possible. I LOVE LUCY® is not only LIVE ON STAGE, but it is more popular than ever. We are grateful to everyone involved for their support in helping us craft this acclaimed production. Our intention, first and foremost, was to honor the legend that is “Lucy.” We are delighted so many have chosen to join us on this wonderful ride. We look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

- The Producers, I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE